Describe your experience with Spring Fertility.
I worked with Dr. Tran at UCSF and it was a modern, friendly place; I know he's started his own clinic (Spring) and I imagine it's equally nice.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Dr. Tran explained our situation with clarity and compassion during the entire process (retrieval through first trimester, after which I was transferred to OBGYN). My hormone treatment felt very customized and I felt like he was invested in our success, e.g., didn't do a fresh transfer because my hormone levels weren't optimum; waiting was hard, but I trusted his judgement. After two failed transfers, he suggested a uterine scratch because it was worth a shot and wanted me to feel like we were "doing everything we could." When I felt like a failure, he reminded me of the probabilities and the role of genetics (versus what I did or didn't do during the cycle). He was always willing to work with us and we'll be using him again for sure!
Describe your experience with your nurse.
Olga was very responsive. She answers lots of my questions about the protocol along the way and assured me I was doing things right.
How was your experience with Nam Tran?
I felt like I was in great hands. I knew he lectured around the world on fertility treatment, so it was clear he understood the science but also genuinely wanted to apply the science and help each patient. He never rushed us during visits and had a good sense of humor, which my husband really appreciated :) He was responsive to my needs, e.g., allowed me to talk to an IVF therapist free of charge after my second failed transfer. I can't recommend him highly enough -- it's hard to be an IVF patient because you're always wondering "will it work?!" but I had a great experience with him and never questioned his care.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Nam Tran?
Don't hesitate to ask questions; his answers are spot on!
Describe the protocols Nam Tran used in your cycles and their degree of success.
Egg retrieval (birth control, Follistim + Menopur, Ganirelix) - 19 eggs --> 6 5-day embryos
Frozen egg transfer (birth control, Lupron shots, Vivelle patch, progesterone shots)
Describe the costs associated with your care under Nam Tran.
Egg retrieval ~$13,000
Each frozen embryo transfer $3,000-4,000